Fargo VA Health Care System
Fargo VA Receives Environmental Award
The Fargo VA Medical Center was awarded the 2016 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. The Award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.
The Greenhealth Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, and recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.
“As a Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award winner, Fargo VA Medical Center is committed to improving the health of our patients, staff, and community as a whole,” said James Engstrom, Chief of Environmental Services of the Fargo VA, “We take pride in our sustainability efforts to lessen our impact on the environment and look forward to working with Practice Greenhealth to continue this work in our facility and across the country.”
The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented May 19 in Dallas, Texas at the CleanMed Conference & Exhibition.